2014 Science Fiction Hall of Fame Inductees

The 2014 inductees to the Science Fiction Hall of Fame have just been announced!

Congratulations to:

  • Leigh Brackett
  • Frank Frazetta
  • Stanley Kubrick
  • Hayao Miyazaki
  • Olaf Stapledon

The Simpsons Tribute To Hayao Miyazaki

I haven’t watched The Simpsons in a very long time, over a decade at least. But this clip, where the animators pay homage to legendary Japanese animator/director Hayao Miyazaki makes me want to watch tonight’s entire episode, at the very least. There are so many references to Miyazaki films that the 1:24 running time seems to just fly by. Well done!

If by some chance you haven’t seen any of Miyazaki’s films, good grief stop reading and go get Spirited Away to start with. You won’t be disappointed!


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As a paid up member of the geek squad, there are two animation studios that I naturally revere above all others: Pixar and Studio Ghibli.

Studio Ghibli is, I don’t suppose many folks round here need telling, the spring from which such wonders as Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke and (personal favourite coming up) My Neighbor Totoro have flowed. As I understand it, its origins can be traced to the success of a much earlier film, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, which was an adaptation by Hayao Miyazaki (subsequently one of Ghibli’s co-founders) of his own manga.

I’ve never seen the film version of Nausicaa (I’d quite like to now – I assume it’s worth a watch, but maybe someone can confirm?), but I gather it’s a somewhat slimmed down version of the story told in the manga. That’s easy to believe, as said manga covers a lot of ground. Ground that’s so strewn with the themes, preoccupations and tropes that pervade Studio Ghibli’s later output that it feels completely convincing as the seed from which that great tree has grown. It almost feels as if all Miyazaki’s subsequent filmic output is hidden here in the pages of Nausicaa, in embryonic form.
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Sunday Cinema: Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind

Since we did Kiki’s Delivery Service last week, let’s keep the Hayao Miyazaki theme going with the 1984 post-apocalyptic film Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind:

[via the resourceful Divers and Sundry]

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